Skip to content
Curtin University
Library blog

Library end of year closedown

By Curtin Library 11 December 2018 Facilities No Comments »

The Robertson Library will be closed from 5pm Thursday 20 December for the Christmas and New Year Period. The Library will reopen on Monday 7 January at 8.30am. Online payment & book request services will be unavailable during this period.

Bookmark and Share

Suggestion: Cleaning

By Curtin Library 27 November 2018 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi,
I went to level 4 of Robertson Library today and find something sad. The Asian Lagrange collections are in terrible conditions and situations. Dusts all around the books and even germs. Some books are almost 100 years, so please be nice to them and take care of them.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback and for bringing this to our attention. There has been some work reviewing library collections, but this area has not been attended to recently. We will use the semester break period to look at additional cleaning including the Asian Language Collection and think about how to maintain the area.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

Bookmark and Share

Semester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 22 November 2018 News & events 4 Comments »

Our Library opening hours will change over the semester and trimester breaks:

Robertson Library

Semester break opening hours
23 November 2018 – 16 December 2018
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed
17 December 2018 – 20 December 2018
Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm
21 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Closed

Curtin Graduate School of Business Library 

29 November 2018 – 14 January 2019

CGSB Library is unstaffed during trimester break. Swipe card access is available from Monday to Sunday, 9am – 9pm.

WA School of Mines Library

Semester break opening hours
23 November 2018 – 14 December 2018
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed
15 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Closed
7 January 2019 – 24 February 2019
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Bookmark and Share

Win with ORCID: Connect your ORCID through Elements

By Curtin Library 21 November 2018 Research No Comments »

Congratulations to this week’s five winners of ORCID prize packs!

Zhanglong Cao – School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Amy Tian – School of Management
Petra Helmholz – School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Rob Steuart – Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute
Yuni Yuningsih – School of Accounting

The competition is now finished but there are plenty of good reasons to create and connect your ORCID through Elements.

ORCID  (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier for researchers that links together your outputs and activities.

ORCID is now integrated with Curtin’s Publications Management System, Elements, enabling quicker and more accurate claiming of publications.

Staff are strongly encouraged to connect their ORCID record through Elements, which takes less than 30 seconds.

Your ORCID:
– Is required by publishers for journals submissions and funders for grant applications
– Distinguishes you and your research outputs from other researchers
– Improves recognition and discoverability of you and your research output
– Can be used throughout your whole research career
– Can make it easier to generate publication lists and citation reports
Keep your ORCID record up to date to reap maximum benefits and save precious time. Visit our help guide or contact LibraryResearchSupport@curtin.edu.au for assistance.

Bookmark and Share

ORCID Winners: Connect your ORCID through Elements

By Curtin Library 14 November 2018 Research No Comments »

Congratulations to this week’s five winners of ORCID Prize Packs!

Valerie Maxville – School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Science
Lin Fritschi – School of Public Health
Yun Yu – WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Harry Bloch – School of Economics, Finance, and Property
Rima Caccetta – School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

It’s not too late to win a prize! Create or connect your ORCID to Elements now for a chance to win a coffee voucher, an ORCID mug, sticker, and badge!

Five winners to be drawn randomly every Tuesday until 20th November 2018.

“I have an ORCID as this is the global one stop shop for recording a researcher’s profile and is not tied to any institution. Funding bodies such as the ARC ask for ORCIDs on grant applications. Also in a sector where so much of our work is tied to commercial entities such as publishers, ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation, which is good to support.”
Professor Kirsten Holmes, Dean of Research, Faculty of Business and Law

For more information on ORCID and the competition see our previous blog post.

Bookmark and Share

Win with ORCID

By Curtin Library 7 November 2018 Research Comments off

Congratulations to this week’s five winners of ORCID Prize Packs!

Ravi Fotedar – School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Evelyne Deplazes – School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Johnston – School and Planetary Sciences
Prafula Pearce – Curtin Law School
Andrew Lavender – School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

There’s still a chance to win a prize! Create or connect your ORCID through Elements now for a chance to win a coffee voucher, an ORCID mug, sticker and badge!

Five winners to be drawn randomly every Tuesday until 23 November 2018.

“A great, easy and effective way to manage all of your academic outputs, submit papers and increase your visibility.”
Professor Mark Harris, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Business and Law

For more information on ORCID and the competition see our previous blog post.

Bookmark and Share

Suggestion: Computer Use

By Curtin Library 5 November 2018 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

This is in reference to workstations on Level 3. Most students leave them for over 15 minutes to even half an hour (observed for workstations next to me). Often, I come to the library, find vacant spots but on going to/near the desktop there’s always a notebook and a “BRB” written on screen. This is really frustrating when you can’t find a single spot.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback on computer use in the Library. We do make sure that the computers have notices advising students not to leave them unattended for more than 10 minutes. If you notice this problem again can you please let a staff member know? They will be happy to assist in either locating a computer workstation for you or removing unattended items to free up a space for you.

James Robinson
Coordinator
Curtin University Library

Bookmark and Share

Don’t delay your exam results

By Curtin Library 1 November 2018 Campus Life Comments off

Don’t delay your exam results. To avoid sanctions, please return all items by the due date and keep outstanding fines below $20.

Check due dates on all Library items here.

Bookmark and Share

ORCID Winners

By Curtin Library 1 November 2018 Research Comments off

Congratulations to this week’s five winners of ORCID Prize Packs!

Elizabeth Jackson – School of Management
Rocco Loiacono – Curtin Law School
Aja Chikere – Curtin Malaysia
Paolo Raiteri – School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Julien Cisonni – School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

It’s not too late to win a prize! Create or connect your ORCID through Elements now for a chance to win a coffee voucher, an ORCID mug, sticker and badge! Five winners to be drawn randomly every Tuesday until 23 November 2018.

“Having an ORCID has made an enormous difference to profiling and managing my research outputs, from identifying citations to having publications auto-populate to the relevant databases.”
Professor Dawn Bennett, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative

For more information on ORCID and the competition see our previous blog post.

Bookmark and Share

Trick or Treat?

By Curtin Library 31 October 2018 Databases Comments off

Curtin Library’s databases hold many treats and we would like to share one with you today for Halloween. Justis provides access to common law cases dating back to 1163. Amongst these treasures you can find trials reflecting the widespread belief of the supernatural including sorcerers and witches.

In 1616, Bishop Alexander Roberts, wrote about a local witchcraft trial of one Mary Smith in King’s Lynne, Norfolk[1]. Blogger Holly Kelsey summarises Robert’s description of Mary Smith’s trial[2]. The following is an extract from her blog:

Roberts introduces the maligned Mary Smith as a jealous woman who resents her neighbours for being better than her at her trade (cheese making). The devil supposedly appeared to her in the form of a ‘man’, who tempted her into renouncing God in exchange for gaining magical power over her fellow villagers.

Mary, like most people accused of witchcraft in this period, seems to have suffered from the unlucky combination of a natural ‘distemper’ and an exceptionally shrewd eye. For instance, after her first ‘victim’, John Orkton, hit her son, Mary ‘wished in a most earnest and bitter manner that his fingers might rotte off’. This rather specific wish did indeed come true: nine months later ‘his fingers did corrupt, and were cut off; as also his toes putrefied & consumed’. You wonder whether Mary might have had a talent for spotting future illness in people, or whether this was simply an exceptionally unfortunate development in John’s circumstances which happened to align to an old insult.

Others among Mary’s ‘victims’ were struck after petty neighbourly disputes. Mary believed one Elizabeth Hancock had stolen her hen, and grumbled at her, after which Elizabeth found she could not eat and began to waste away. Intriguingly, Elizabeth tried to counter the supposed curse put on her by baking a ‘witch cake’! Another woman, Cicely Bayle, quarrelled with Mary about sweeping the street. After this incident we get a fantastic story of Cicely becoming ill from a cat coming into her house which ‘sat upon her breast […] that she could not without great difficulty draw her breath’. It seems a bizarre image to us that a woman could become ill from being unable to get a cat off her chest, but at the time this would have corresponded with the common belief in ‘witches’ familiars’ – animals sent by a witch to do her dirty work for her.

The story ends badly for the unfortunate Mary. She confessed to the charges brought against her and was sentenced to execution. Confession to such outrageous accusations may seem inconceivable to us today, but was not uncommon – many of the accused had little chance of arguing their innocence in the face of mounting ‘evidence’, whilst a minority may have genuinely become convinced they had the powers ascribed to them.

To read the full trial of Mary Smith on Justis as published in The State Trials click here and log-in using your Oasis details.

 

[1] Alexander Roberts, A Treatise of Witchcraft (Project Gutenberg) <http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17209>.

[2] Holly Kelsey, ‘A Treatise of Witchcraft (1616) – Alexander Roberts’ on Shakespeare Trust Birthplace (August 15 2016) <https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/blogs/treatise-witchcraft-1616-alexander-roberts/>.

Bookmark and Share
Page 1 of 1111231020Last »